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Cities Implementation of Circular Economy Model: Sharing Best Practices

Cities Implementation of Circular Economy Model: Sharing Best Practices

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have decided to be vigilant and help flatten the curve by social distancing and staying inside. IUC Asia saw this as a great opportunity to facilitate cities from different parts of the world to connect and conduct peer-to-peer learning from the comfort of our own home. Collaborating with Universiti [...]
IUC Asia Online Discussion: Circular Economy

IUC Asia Online Discussion: Circular Economy

Date                    : Thursday, 02 April 2020 Time                    : 15.00 – 16.30 Malaysian Time (GMT+8) or 9:00 – 10.30 a.m. CEST Topic                   : Circular Economy: Sharing Experiences and Best Practices Language            : English On the concerted effort to pursue sustainable urban development, circular economy grows to be an attractive alternative to our current environmentally-destructive economy model [...]
EU and Asian Cities Online Exchange on Local Responses to the Corona Crisis

EU and Asian Cities Online Exchange on Local Responses to the Corona Crisis

Due to the corona crisis and the high interest from EU and Asian cities to identify the added value of international cooperation for disaster preparedness at local level, the IUC project launched an online exchange session. The team explained the link of the EU Urban Agenda to the current crisis and the EU support to […]

Welcome to Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Covenant of Mayors Asia

The Regional Covenant of Mayors in Asia helps coordinate and support engagement with participating cities. It encourages climate action at the local level and helps build a community of committed signatories around it.

Whatever the size or location of their jurisdiction, the mayors and local leaders in this alliance stand ready to take concrete measures with long-term impact to tackle the interconnected challenges of climate change mitigation, adaptation, and access to sustainable energy.

GCoM Program Challenges

Adaptation to climate change

Adopting an integrated approach to climate change mitigation and adaptation ensures consistency of actions, creates synergies and co-benefits, increases cost-efficiency, and helps avoid maladaptation. For more information on how to create a truly integrated approach and address the inter-relationships between adaptation and mitigation, check out this short article and this explanation on Climate-ADAPT.

Climate Change Mitigation

The GCoM signatory cities and local governments act to voluntarily meet targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions (or low emission development targets) for their whole community, identify climate risks and vulnerabilities, and implement mitigation and adaptation measures.

In addition, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy also aims to address increased access to sustainable energy.

Access to clean Energy

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fostering Local Climate Resilience: The Global Covenant of Mayors emphasizes the importance of climate change mitigation (also referred to as low emission development for the Global South) and adaptation to a changing climate, as well as increased access to sustainable energy.

Cities and local governments committing to the GCoM as of 1 January 2017 will need to establish a target covering the territory of the local authority for GHG emissions reductions, make a commitment to tackle climate change adaptation and resilience, and increased access to clean and affordable energy.

Cities and local governments should strive to set targets that are at least as ambitious, and preferably more ambitious, than their respective government’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. Further, they need to be in line with National Adaptation Plans (where these exist), and be consistent with the principles around energy access and urban sustainability embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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